Next stage of Mur­ray Basin Rail Project un­der­way

Australian Transport News - - News -

Pre­lim­i­nary works are un­der­way to stan­dard­ise 1000 kilo­me­tres of rail track across re­gional Vic­to­ria un­der Stage 2 of the mil­lion Mur­ray Basin Rail Project.

Jointly funded by the Aus­tralian and Vic­to­rian govern­ments on a 50:50 ba­sis, the $ 440 mil­lion project will re­sult in bet­ter rail freight ser­vices and im­proved link be­tween re­gional in­dus­tries and Vic­to­ria’s ma­jor ports at Port­land, Gee­long and Mel­bourne.

Once com­plete, the project is ex­pected to take 20,000 trucks off re­gional roads each year, which is ex­pected to im­prove road safety and re­duce car­bon emis­sions.

Up­grade works in­clude stan­dar­d­is­ing the track from Dunolly to Yelta, and Ouyen to Mur­rayville, and re­open­ing the Mary­bor­ough to Ararat line.

The works will in­crease train axle load­ings from 19 tonnes to 21 tonnes be­tween Dunolly and Yelta, and Mary­bor­ough to Ararat to al­low freight trains to carry heav­ier loads.

The Sea Lake and Manan­gatang lines will re­main open dur­ing this time and freight op­er­a­tors can con­sider us­ing these lines as an­other op­tion to keep mov­ing freight by rail with works be­ing sched­uled out­side of grain har­vest sea­sons.

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